Amare goes skins for PETA

Amare is stepping up in a big way against animal cruelty.

Amare is stepping up in a big way against animal cruelty.

In the Suns’ locker room, forward Amare Stoudemire is typically one of the best-dressed. Stylish slacks, wrinkle-free shirts, thick-rimmed glasses — he’s got a look.

But this week, Amare went shirtless for PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign. The big man showed off his tattooed physique to the world to raise awareness for animal cruelty and boycott fur.

“I wouldn’t want to see anything cruel happen to any animals just for fashion,” Stoudemire said in a release on PETA’s website.

PETA’s site also features a video of Amare shooting hoops –sans a shirt — and talking about his experience with animals.

“I was never totally aware on what happens with animal cruelty as far as furs and fashion until PETA came along,” Stoudemire said in the video. “I started studying and researching what’s going on with these animals and I said ‘You know what? I’m going to step up and say something about it.'”

The shirtless look wouldn’t quite meet the NBA’s dress code, so Stoudemire will have to stick to the classy getups. PETA’s website also offers fans a chance to win a PETA shirt autographed by Stoudemire.

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